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It’s Not A Controversy. It’s Just A Team Trying To Do Well

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The goaltending thing in Montreal isn’t a controversy like the media is playing it up to be. Whether it’s perfectly okay to wipe Jarkko Ruutu’s smile off his face with a sharpened blade might be considered a controversy. Letting the Leafs play in the NHL could be considered a controversy. Awarding Dave Schultz the Lady Byng trophy when he roamed the ice for the Broad Street Bullies would have probably been contoversial.

But all Montreal is doing is going with the guy who has been in nets when the team is winning a few games. It’s not that difficult. My sister might have come up with the same strategy.

Carey Price will be back in nets soon. He’s not creating any controversy by threatening to go to Russia or demanding a trade. He’s just sitting on the bench for now. And it’s not because Jaroslav Halak has been standing on his head that he remains in goal. The team has rebounded because the forwards and defence are beginning to gel, are finding their place, have become more comfortable around teammates who were recently strangers, and are finally beginning to understand what coach Jacques Martin is asking them to do – that is, take care of the defensive aspects, get the shots-against down, and don’t leave the goalie hanging out to dry.

All of which they didn’t do in Vancouver.

If Price was in nets for the last four games, they might have won like they’ve won with Halak. They’re just playing better hockey as a team, and it’s been good for Halak. But he’s just been good, not great so far. He’s been there and done the job, but his timing is right too. He’s the guy in nets when the the boys in front of him decided to play a little.

There’s no controversy. If we heard Price ranting and raving, then there might be. But he’s a team player and he understands the situation.

We could see him very soon because it’s not hard to understand that he needs to get some games in. And when we do see him, hopefully we see a solid netminder. Wouldn’t it be something if both our goalies did a huge job and we were absolutely comfortable and content when either started a game?

Carey Price, if his fragile confidence doesn’t take many more hits, is the future of the team. At least this is what’s expected of him. Most understand that, including Halak. I’m sure everyone’s fine with this. Although it’s human nature to want to be the number one guy, which of course Halak would want. But you can’t always get what you want.

And thank goodness for Halak. He’s been steady, he’s been good, and from time to time he’s been lucky. He’s done all that has been asked so far. And Price will do the same.

As an aside: Now I’m reading about the possibility that the Habs are showcasing Halak to make a trade and I don’t buy it.  Make the Price the go-to guy like before, when he’s still trying to find himself?  If they are, I’d be surprised. Unless, of course, they plan on bringing in another solid goalie as part of the big, overall deal.

 It’s all too much. My brain is hurting.

In My Book, It’s About Winning

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Indeed it’s sad when a good warrior and captain such as Saku Koivu is finished as a Montreal Canadien and will carry on elsewhere. We all loved and appreciated what he did for the team and city as a great player and a man who gave his time and money to hospitals and sick kids and other organizations.

But I have to take a hard-nosed approach here. Except when I was a kid and idolized the Rocket and Harvey and Beliveau and the rest, I’ve always gone for the bottom line, which is winning. I got used to hockey being strictly a business a long time ago, and realized that seldom will you see anyone remain with one club for an entire career. Players come and go, and that’s fine. The main thing is the team. A winning team. And if the team wins, you’ll love the new players.

You can criticize Bob Gainey all you want for landing small, skilled players, and for not re-signing others. But you would’ve been even more upset if Gainey had sat still and changed very little. Did you like the team last year? I didn’t. They barely made the playoffs, and were quickly and embarrassingly shoved aside by the Boston Bruins. Montreal was not a team to scare anyone, and changes, even unpopular ones, were crucial.

Do you know exactly what has transpired behind the scenes? Was there a divided dressing room, as we heard from time to time? Did Koivu actually want out of Montreal, possibly to join his brother in Minnesota? And I know you’ll wince on this one, but Koivu, in the last year or two, became quite mediocre on the ice, and good man or not, he wasn’t helping the team a great deal.

It’s all about winning. It’s the team as a whole. If the Canadiens can win the Stanley Cup with twenty guys like Sean Avery or Jarkko Ruutu for example,  then I’m happy. This club was going nowhere fast, once again. And going nowhere every year gets old. Aren’t you tired of that?

I want a great team back, so if Koivu or Alex Kovalev or anyone else isn’t re-signed and is an unpopular decision, then so be it. It’s time for a big change. Time to try something different.

A Bunch In The Blog Bad Books

In no particular order:

Pierre McGuire, Jarkko Ruutu, Sean Avery, Gary Bettman, Bob Cole, Denis Gauthier, NHL cheerleaders, Mike Milbury, Boston Bruins, David Frost (ex-agent and junior coach), Michael Farber, Mats Sundin, lots of hockey parents, Brian Burke, Stan Fischler, hockey in non-hockey places. And although a Habs fan, George Stroumboulopoulos gets a two-minute minor for his lousy, soft-hitting interview with Gary Bettman.

The Like And Dislike Skinny On The Habs-Sens Game

-I liked that Montreal won the shootout and got their two points with a 5-4 win.

-I disliked that they were winning 4-2 in the third and blew the lead.

 

-I liked it that Alex Kovalev scored a power play goal.

-I disliked it that they didn’t score more power play goals.

 

-I like the idea of no third jersey.

-I dislike third jerseys. Why doesn’t Ottawa just stick with their Trojan Condom sweater and be done with it?

 

-I liked that Andrei Kostitsyn scored again, and that Matt D’Agostini was set up by Gregory Stewart for Stewart’s first NHL point.

-I disliked it that Dany Heatley scored twice.

 

-I liked it that Robert Lang got two points.

-I disliked it that Jarkko Ruutu got one point.

 

-I liked it that Bob Cole did the game. 

-I disliked it that Bob Cole did the game.

 

-I liked it that so many Habs fans were there.

-I disliked it that so many Sens fans who used to be Habs fans were there.

 

-I liked Maxim Lapierre’s really slow, really fast skate-in in the shootout.

-I disliked the fact that there was a shootout.

 

-I liked it that Boston lost tonight.

-I disliked it that it was Washington who beat them.

 

-I liked it that Montreal was on Hockey Night in Canada.

-I disliked that it was probably only because Toronto played last night instead.

I’ll Take Big Elvis Over Jarkko Ruutu Anyday

Jarkko Ruutu, seen here, is as despicable as they come. He was a smirking fool in Vancouver, a grinning underhanded cheapshot artist in Pittsburgh, and he continues his sordid tradition in Ottawa. I’ve written several posts about this low life, all negative, because I’ve never liked him and I rate him right up there with Sean Avery when it comes to who I’m not inviting to my birthday.

Someday someone is going to do the deed to this grinning goof. Ottawa fans, are you embarrassed to have him on your team?

IN OTHER NEWS:

We’re on our way to the Grand Canyon tomorrow. I’m going to miss the nightlife of Vegas, but it’ll only be for 12 hours so I should get over it. I feel I should also tell you about the seven dollar nachos at The Mirage. Good for two people, and the only natchos I’ve ever had that has roast beef in them.

One of the employees at The Mirage saw me with my Habs hat on and said he’s a Habs fan, loves Carey Price, loves the team speed, and is hoping for a Montreal-Detroit Stanley Cup.

This is Big Elvis. He’s been entertaining fans at Bill’s Casino on the Vegas strip for six years now. But more importantly, even though he’s still big, Big Elvis has lost 560 pounds and wants to lose another 150.

Habs take on those Boston Bruins Thursday night. I should be back from the Grand Canyon in time for the game, if I can find a TV with it on. If not, I’ll have to win money as I wait for the score.

Keep the ball rolling, Canadiens!

Controlling The NHL With The Powers Of The Mind.

Maybe it’s nothing to worry about. Maybe it’s only just fluke. But I’m scaring myself and I feel I need to be careful.

 

It’s all about the laws of attraction, powerful magnetic forces, and controlling thoughts. That’s why I need to be careful. I don’t want to disrupt the perfect harmony which is, ahem, the NHL.

 

A few posts ago, I wrote, sort of tongue-in-cheek, that I hoped Nick Lidstrom of the Wings would substain injuries this year as he and a few others on that team make them a powerful problem in the Canadiens quest to win the big prize. I really didn’t mean a bad injury, maybe just a little muscle pull or broken finger. That’s not so bad, is it?

 

The very next day, Lidstrom took a puck in the face and is now out with a broken nose.

 

And then some kind of opposite magnetic force came into play when I mentioned in the same story that Montreal needs to stay healthy, and right away, Koivu, Lang, Tanguay, Latendresse, Higgins, Hamrlik, Laraque, Kovalev, and Brisebois all went down with various groin, foot, and hip problems.

 

And so far, only Kovalev has returned. These injuries are why I need to learn to control this.

 

So you see why I’m scaring myself and am wondering about powers of the mind that I may have somehow obtained recently. I’ve never had them before, so why now?

 

I’ve never felt ill-will to anyone. Maybe just to Sean Avery and Jarkko Ruutu, but that’s it. And all I ever said about them is that I wish someone would wipe those smiles off their faces permanently.

 

So if you see on the sports news that Sean Avery was run into the glass and had his face wiped off completely, or that Ruutu decides no one likes him, especially by his coach, so he has no reason to smile and actually doesn’t anymore, then you’ll know my powers are in effect.

 

And if I channel these powers properly, I just may be able to make Bob Cole get through a game without forgetting names, both of players and himself.

 

is it possible my powers could move a team from a lousy US market back to Canada?

 

And maybe, just maybe, I can somehow use these new-found powers to change the minds of the Montreal brass to re-think their decision and let me be a flag guy at a game.

 

Or even better, stickboy.

 

 

It’s Nice To Get Mail From Time To Time

As my blog gets more and more hits, readers from everywhere have begun to weigh in. Here’s some testimonials sent in that I’d like to share with you. 

Pope Benedict XVI  – I finally got my satellite dish and lazy-boy set up in the Vatican, so now I’ll be able to concentrate more on my Canadiens. But I’ve been able to keep up with them because of your heavenly blog. God bless you. And I pray Sean Avery and Jarkko Ruutu never play on our team.

Vladimir Putin  –  Nice blog. Da, nice blog. Maybe you must mention my thoughts on the team. Maybe comrade Gainey could bring up young Grabovski from Hamiltongrad and put him on a line with comrades Kovalev and Begin. We could call it the KGB line!  Hah!

Sophia Loren  – When I read your blog, especially the part about you, I get sort of…….warm all over! Excuse me, there’s something I must do.

Red Fisher  – Dennis, would you mind terribly if I retired and you took over my job?

George W. Bush  –  Just read about that Ovechkin scoring four goals against my Habs. I’ve got a lovely suite waiting for him at Guantanamo Bay.

Bin Laden  – Hockey really isn’t my number one sport, I prefer sharpshooting. But I have to say I like the way those young Kostitsyn’s are playing. They look familiar to me. Is it possible I shot one of their relatives in Afghanistan?

Bob Dylan  – Man, the Habs are a new team this year. What an improvement! The times, they are a changin. PS. Far out blog. One of these days I’ll tell you about the great road hockey games we have with Robbie and Garth and the boys.

Pamela Anderson  – Hey Loren. I was reading Dennis’ blog before you. Back off.

Those Who Would, And Wouldn’t, Look Good In A Montreal Canadien Sweater

DEFINITELY NOT:

Daniel Briere:  This is a guy who wants to collect his millions the easy way, in relative obscurity, so when he has a bad game no one notices. This is not a Montreal Canadien. I feel he’s a little shy in the cahoonie department.

Trevor Linden:  He tried it, but was a bum there. Wearing the Habs jersey must have interfered with his wet dreams about the wet coast.

Sean Avery:  If Avery ever becomes a Canadien, I’m taking up cricket. GO PAKISTAN!

Todd Bertuzzi:  I shouldn’t have brought this up. Now I’m going to have nightmares all night.

Steve Downie:  Players who try to injure other players is certainly no Montreal Canadien.

He belongs in Philadelphia.

Mike Milbury:  There’s nothing like a supreme smart-ass to play in Boston and not Montreal.

Matthew Barnaby:  Such a mediocre talent. And he’d have that smile on his face after he’d get his head kicked in.  Sean Avery, Jarkko Ruutu, and Steve Downey learned their smile from this guy. I shudder just thinking about him in a Habs jersey.

DEFINITELY YES:

Bobby Orr:  Yep.

Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux:  Yep.

Gilbert Perreault:  This is a guy who should’ve played in Montreal. Talk about a Flying Frenchman. However, he did bail out on Team Canada in 1972, so that’s a big strike against him.

Vincent Lecavalier:  Big strong French-Canadian centreman like Jean Beliveau. His grandfather would’ve been so proud to see him in a Habs jersey.

Sidney Crosby:  If he had had a say in it, he’d be wearing the red, white, and blue right now.

Jean Ratelle:   Another tall, strong French-Canadian centreman. Geez, was he ever out of place in Boston.

Marcel Dionne:  It basically came down to Lafleur or Dionne, as Montreal couldn’t grab both. I’m glad it was Lafleur, but Dionne would’ve looked good in the jersey also.

Valeri Kharlamov:  The great Russian was at the mercy of political bullshit in Moscow and there’s no way he would ever have been released to play in North America. He would’ve looked fantastic in Habs colours, though.

Vladislav Tretiak:  He didn’t hide the fact he would have loved to play in Montreal, but the same applied to him as did Kharlamov. Anyway, Montreal had Dryden.

Pamela Anderson:  With or without the sweater.

Dennis Kane:  If only he was taller, faster, stronger, smarter, with a better shot, and was a better fighter and skater, he would’ve looked FANTASTIC in a Montreal Canadien sweater.